Stuart Wood

Stuart Wood is a news reporter across the Mash Media editorial portfolio. He writes for CMW alongside sister publications Conference News, Exhibition News, Access All Areas and Exhibition World.

Lamb appointed head of sales and service at UK’s ExecSpace

Kristin Lamb, formerly head of public sector, has been promoted internally to head of sales and service for ExecSpace, one of the UK’s leading venue finding agencies. In her new role, Lamb will have overall responsibility for the service provided by the sales team, and she will continue to build strong relationships with clients and deliver exceptional service. Lamb will also be responsible for ma...

UK’s International Confex launches Smart Venue Summit

UK-based event industry exhibition International Confex has announced the launch of the Smart Venue Summit, a networking and knowledge-sharing event set to take place on the eve of the show on 25 February 2018, 2pm-7pm. The new event will look at the changing venue landscape as new technology and innovations increasingly become a vital part of their infrastructure and offering to organisers, exhib...

Vancouver ranked among North America’s top meetings destinations

Vancouver has been ranked one of North America’s top meeting and convention destinations, according to the 2018 Watkins Report Meeting and Convention Planners Survey. The biennial report is based on a survey of nearly 1,000 meeting and convention organisers in North America, evaluating the 40 most popular convention destinations in the US and Canada. The Watkins Report covers topics concerning cit...

Carlson Wagonlit Travel appoints new treasurer

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the global travel management company, has appointed Courtney Mattson as its new treasurer. Mattson will be based in CWT’s headquarters in Minneapolis, reporting to Brad Hall, CWT’s chief financial officer, and will serve as a member of CWT’s Finance Leadership Team. “Courtney’s experience in a wide range of financial and treasury matters adds further strength and depth to ...

Caesars to open Jimmy Kimmel Comedy Club ahead of new meetings venue

Caesars Entertainment has announced it will be partnering with comedian Jimmy Kimmel to open Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club, which will be connected via skybridge to the upcoming meetings venue Caesars Forum. Caesars Forum is a $375m development which will expand Caesars meetings offering in Las Vegas, and is scheduled to be completed by 2020. The new comedy club will offer a unique form of entertainm...

Exclusive US MegaFam trip announces final location

The USA’s destination marketing organization, Brand USA, has announced the final location for its upcoming UK & Ireland MegaFam trip. The MegaFam trip is a multi-destination familiarisation tour for travel agents from the UK and Ireland, and will take place from 9-17 May 2019. It’s final location will be Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. The tour is intended to showcase the diversity of American cu...

Why North Africa is emerging as a destination for MICE business

Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director – Middle East, Arabian Travel Market & IBTM Arabia, examines the rise of North Africa as a business event destination. [hr gap=”30″] The countries of North Africa are once again attracting attention from global business event organisers, with several city destinations in the region emerging as hotspots for all types of tourism, and MICE business...

Turkish President Erdogan opens new Istanbul airport

The first phase of the new Istanbul Airport, which is set to be the largest airport in the world, recently opened with an elaborate ceremony on 29 October. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan led the proceedings on the 95th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey. The airport’s first phase consists of a main terminal building of 1.4m sqm, two runways, an air traffic control towe...

The Association for Women in Events is promoting industry gender equality

The Association for Women in Events​ (AWE), a not for profit organization supporting gender equality and diversity in the events industry, has announced its 2019 board members and executive committee. The association received a significant number of applications for 12 open board positions. The Succession Planning Task Force spent several weeks vetting candidates for these important leadership rol...

Is growing business turning Iceland into MICE-land?

Iceland welcomed 120,000 internaional MICE travellers in 2017, according to new figures released by Meet in Reykjavik. The figures highlight the growing importance of MICE to the Icelandic economy. The number of visitors has been growing at an average of 14.4% every year since the opening of Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in 2011. Reykjavik and Iceland attracted 283 international meeting...

Melbourne generated $23.8m from business events in October

Business events in Melbourne generated over AUD $23.8m in the month of October, according to the Melbourne Convention Bureau. The city has received a boost from nine international conferences taking place across the city during the month, which attracted over 5,000 delegates generating 11,200 room nights. The events in October included: the World Congress of Colleges and Polytechnics, World Urban ...

New board members and Outstanding Contributor Award in New Zealand

Convention and Incentive New Zealand (CINZ) has elected four new board members and re-elected a further two, following its general meetings in Auckland 1 November. The group also awarded Anna Hayward, manager of the Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), its Outstanding Contributor Award for 2018. Hayward has been managing the ACB for the past 11 years and played a key role in establishing the conventi...